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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent blend of styles
I have several of Youssou N'Dour's previous albums and have to admit that I really like the more westernized songs (sorry all you purists out there), I enjoy hearing musicians who are not afraid of blending styles of music and this is certainly a well-realized project.

The production is crisp and the playing is tight, the vocals (both lead and backing) are...
Published on 11 Oct 2012 by Simon Levene

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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like reggae, I....
Youssou's music has elements of reggae anyway and it works really well in the mbalax style....
But this? Why, oh why, oh why?
Dreadful.
If you like the awful duets with Sting, Peter Gabriel or Neneh Cherry (well 7 seconds wasn't too bad) then go ahead, you'll love this.
It's the worst bits of the Joko album mixed with the low light of the Rokku Mi...
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent blend of styles, 11 Oct 2012
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Simon Levene "dano fan" (Colorado, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dakar - Kingston (Audio CD)
I have several of Youssou N'Dour's previous albums and have to admit that I really like the more westernized songs (sorry all you purists out there), I enjoy hearing musicians who are not afraid of blending styles of music and this is certainly a well-realized project.

The production is crisp and the playing is tight, the vocals (both lead and backing) are superb. The songs are performed in a relatively straight forward reggae style although most of the songs have a more typical array of African percussion.
The opening song, Marley and one other: Black Woman suffer from having what may be described as clumsy lyrics sung in English. This is certainly not the first album where the English lyrics appear awkward and it maybe that the songs sung in French suffer the same way. These two songs diminish the power of the album as a whole, hence four stars instead of five.
If your expecting a traditional-sounding album from Youssou N'Dour, then look elsewhere. This is, however, a fantastic hybrid, one where the old songs get a fresh breath of life, not necessarily better than the originals, just different enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to Bob Marley and an uplifting retrospective album, 26 Jun 2011
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Maxim Candries (Belsele, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Youssou Ndour has this marvellous capability to make you feel better whenever you hear him. The album opens gently with Marley. This is a new song, on which Yusuf Islam (better known as Cat Stevens) and Tyrone Downie (from the Wailers) collaborated. There are some very good new songs such as Black Woman, Diarr Diarr and Bagn Len.

About half of the songs are not new but they have been reworked and given a reggae twist: the catchy Medina (first recorded in 1985 but included on Set), Joker (which was on some versions of 2002's Nothing's in Vain..), Bololene (which was on Alsaama Day of 2007 but which is now released internationally for the first time), Bamba (from 1994's The Guide (Wommat)), Survie (which was on 1992's Eyes Open), Don't Walk Away (from 2000's Joko), Africa Dream Again (also on Nothing's in Vain..) and Pitch Me (from 1984's Immigres). Sometimes it's difficult to decide which version is the better one and you won't regret buying this CD!

I had the chance to see Youssou Ndour twice in concert last summer. He gave us 'a musical journey from Kingston to Dakar' where reggae blended into mbalax and where the excellent musicians made sure that everybody was dancing from beginning to end. Catch them if you can!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The maestro does it again, 12 Mar 2011
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Edwards Ndovi "The Albertan" (Edmonton, Alberta Canada) - See all my reviews
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Youssou Ndour is the master of mbalax and here he proves again how easily he can handle new material. Those who are superficial and unschooled in the reggae of the 1970s will not comprehend the power of this creation. His journey from Dakar to Kingston is pure genius and so refreshing. The lyrics are equally powerful. The duets resonate with anyone with a musical ear. This is a crossover album and if you are looking for vocal talent, superb and seamless reggae/mbalax musical fusion and an incredible sound a la 1970s style enjoy this album. The CD brings relaxation and reflection - a pure breath of fresh air.
Enjoy the genius of the maestro. I hope there will be a follow up to this great album.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like reggae, I...., 25 April 2010
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Youssou's music has elements of reggae anyway and it works really well in the mbalax style....
But this? Why, oh why, oh why?
Dreadful.
If you like the awful duets with Sting, Peter Gabriel or Neneh Cherry (well 7 seconds wasn't too bad) then go ahead, you'll love this.
It's the worst bits of the Joko album mixed with the low light of the Rokku Mi Rokka album - the terrible duet with Neneh 'my name is Neneh C I wanna go ta pee' Cherry, Wake up it's Africa calling.
Avoid, and wait for the next Senegalese album.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dakar - Kingston, 27 Sep 2010
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There were a few misunderstandings in our dealings but things worked out in the end. The CD was ok, our communications clear and helpful and the delivery fine.
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